The Gown by Jennifer Robson


The Gown
Title : The Gown
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ISBN : 0062674951
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400

From the internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France comes an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown and the fascinating women who made it Millions will welcome this joyous event as a flash of color on the long road we have to travel Sir Winston Churchill on the news of Princess Elizabeth s forthcoming weddingLondon, 1947 Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation s recent victory Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes for a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a once in a lifetime honor taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown.Toronto, 2016 More than half a century later, Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother How did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years before And what was her Nan s connection to the celebrated textile artist and holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin With The Gown, Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created Balancing behind the scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.


The Gown Reviews


  • Erin

    I won The Gown in a Goodreads giveaway 4.5 StarsI m going to be perfectly honest with you The Gown is a great book and I loved it for its entertainment value Its a beautifully written story and the characters are so alive that they just suck you in.But I also loved this book because it was my first time winning a giveaway So that definitely did get factored into my rating I m just being honest It felt good to win a free book that I was actually really interested in reading I, like a lot o I won The Gown in a Goodreads giveaway 4.5 StarsI m going to be perfectly honest with you The Gown is a great book and I loved it for its entertainment value Its a beautifully written story and the characters are so alive that they just suck you in.But I also loved this book because it was my first time winning a giveaway So that definitely did get factored into my rating I m just being honest It felt good to win a free book that I was actually really interested in reading I, like a lot of Americans woke up at an unreasonable hour 4AM to watch The Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle I m not a huge fan of the Royal family but I have become way interest in them this year between the wedding and the tv show The Crown So when I saw this was up for a giveaway I immediately entered to win it, never actually expecting to win it But I Did Haters The Gown is my favorite kind of Historical Fiction, the kind that mixes real people with fictional characters The Gown reminded me a lot of a Beatriz Williams novels in that it took place in two separate time periods The first time period is 1947 and features 2 young women who become friends while working on future Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown The other time period is the present and features the granddaughter of one of the women and her quest to learn about her beloved late grandmother.This book covers a lot of important issues like rape, the Holocaust, anti semitism, feminism, first love, grief and PTSD I loved this book and I had fun reading it I also spent a lot of time Googling people and events mentioned in this book.This book doesn t come out until January but I suggest you guys preorder it now because I think its gonna be a very popular book.Also its once again being featured as a Giveaway, so enter to possibly win it Read This Book

  • Kate Quinn

    I had a chance to read this for a cover quote, and devoured it My quote Jennifer Robson embroiders life, friendship, and hope into the somber gray world of post war London every bit as skillfully as her seamstress heroines embroider crystal flowers into the folds of a royal wedding dress Miriam and Ann are both battling inner demons when they meet in the backroom of England s most famous couture house, but the chance of a lifetime the task of embroidering Princess Elizabeth s gown for the w I had a chance to read this for a cover quote, and devoured it My quote Jennifer Robson embroiders life, friendship, and hope into the somber gray world of post war London every bit as skillfully as her seamstress heroines embroider crystal flowers into the folds of a royal wedding dress Miriam and Ann are both battling inner demons when they meet in the backroom of England s most famous couture house, but the chance of a lifetime the task of embroidering Princess Elizabeth s gown for the wedding of the century will open new doors for both women, and lay the foundations of a mystery to be unraveled seventy years later by their grandchildren THE GOWN is marvelous and moving, a vivid portrait of female self reliance in a world racked by the cost of war

  • Tammy

    Jennifer Robson was written a beautiful story of the ladies that created Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown I have always been fascinated by the monarchy and loved reading The Gown The story is told from three viewpoints In 1947, Ann and Miriam are young embroiderers and have been chosen to work on Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown There is a bit of intrigue as the details of the gown are top secret and the press is constantly hounding them for details As the story unfolds, we learn about Ann Jennifer Robson was written a beautiful story of the ladies that created Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown I have always been fascinated by the monarchy and loved reading The Gown The story is told from three viewpoints In 1947, Ann and Miriam are young embroiderers and have been chosen to work on Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown There is a bit of intrigue as the details of the gown are top secret and the press is constantly hounding them for details As the story unfolds, we learn about Ann and Miriam s history In 2016, Heather travels to London in the hopes of discovering about her late grandmother Jennifer Robson does a marvelous job of weaving an unforgettable story and giving us a peek behind the scenes of the creation of this beautiful gown

  • Chanel Cleeton

    A moving story of life after the end of World War II centered on the women behind the scenes of the joyous occasion of Queen Elizabeth s wedding A celebration of strength, resilience, and friendship, The Gown transports readers as Robson offers a richly detailed and meticulously researched glimpse of daily life in post war Britain An enchanting must read for historical fiction fans

  • Sharlene

    Truly a beautiful, moving story of the women that worked on Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown.The story focuses on 3 young women, two in the 40s that are working on the gown, Ann and Miriam and one in present time, Heather who is Ann s granddaughter.I found the book hard to put down and very immersive I felt in the moment with the story Loved all the details of how one embroiders a wedding dress and the many hours of hard work that goes into it.I would recommend this book to all that love histori Truly a beautiful, moving story of the women that worked on Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown.The story focuses on 3 young women, two in the 40s that are working on the gown, Ann and Miriam and one in present time, Heather who is Ann s granddaughter.I found the book hard to put down and very immersive I felt in the moment with the story Loved all the details of how one embroiders a wedding dress and the many hours of hard work that goes into it.I would recommend this book to all that love historical fiction

  • Meagan

    I LOVED this book I couldn t put it down and read it in one day I don t know if it is because I am a big Royal watcher, or because Harry and Meghan s wedding happened earlier this year, or because I have been lucky enough to hear Jennifer Robson talk about this book twice this year, but I felt like I knew these characters and this story It was familiar and captivating at the same time.

  • Eden Church | The Required Reading List

    To read THE GOWN is to be transported back in time Robson s new book is so rich with detail, the 21st century seemed like a distant memory Jennifer Robson s best book yet, at once utterly transporting and profoundly relatable, THE GOWN tells the story of Ann, Miriam, and Heather, three women separated by countries, religion, and sometimes decades Ann and Miriam work as embroiderers for beloved English fashion designer Norman Hartnell during the 1940s when he was commissioned to create the the To read THE GOWN is to be transported back in time Robson s new book is so rich with detail, the 21st century seemed like a distant memory Jennifer Robson s best book yet, at once utterly transporting and profoundly relatable, THE GOWN tells the story of Ann, Miriam, and Heather, three women separated by countries, religion, and sometimes decades Ann and Miriam work as embroiderers for beloved English fashion designer Norman Hartnell during the 1940s when he was commissioned to create the then Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown Brought together by this momentous task, Ann, an English girl who never thought very much of herself becomes fast friends with Miriam, a young French woman fleeing a country ravaged by one of the worst periods of violence in the world s history Years later, on the occasion of her beloved Nan s passing, Heather must begin to unravel the fabric of the mystery that binds her to these two extraordinary women who created part of history Alternating between 1940s London and 2016 Toronto and London, Robson weaves a beautiful story that perfectly balances the glitz and magic of involvement in the fabrication of the wedding gown for the future Queen of England with the horrible experiences that shadowed day to day life for British citizens haunted by a barely finished war during one of the coldest winters and largest food shortages that Britain had ever seen THE GOWN is an absolute triumph that left me in tears, at once feeling like I d just been dealt a punch to the gut, yearning to get myself to the nearest textile museum or art gallery to see how history can be immortalized in fabric, and wanting to give every member of my family a long hug Historical fiction fans and followers of the royal family absolutely cannot miss this book Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction

  • Nóri Goreczky

    What an absolutely enchanting read this was I didn t expect to feel so many emotions from a book that I thought would be a lighthearted, gossipy account of the women who worked on Queen Princess Elizabeth s wedding dress In fact, that s just the bare basics of it The Gown is essentially the story of a friendship between two extraordinary women, Ann and Miriam, who are brought together under dire circumstances in post war London Armed with relentless courage, kindness and determination, they What an absolutely enchanting read this was I didn t expect to feel so many emotions from a book that I thought would be a lighthearted, gossipy account of the women who worked on Queen Princess Elizabeth s wedding dress In fact, that s just the bare basics of it The Gown is essentially the story of a friendship between two extraordinary women, Ann and Miriam, who are brought together under dire circumstances in post war London Armed with relentless courage, kindness and determination, they help each other through hard times and inspire each other to be than they thought themselves capable of The third point of view in this dual timeline masterpiece belongs to Ann s granddaughter Heather, who uses her skills as a journalist to unravel the mysteries of her Nan s past and in the process find a part of herself she never expected to Not only do her chapters add a bit of mystery to an otherwise pretty straightforward book, they also serve to give closure to our two leading ladies I do wish their story ended slightly differently, but I won t argue with the author for choosing to go with an ending that is, ultimately, probably the most realistic one for them, no matter how sad it made me to read it.I know it s a clich but this book really does stay with you In fact, it was with me all the time while I was reading it I would read a few chapters on my way to work in the morning, proceed to think about the book all day, only to eagerly pick it up again as soon as I was on the train back home It was just that good It also dawned on me while reading it that I ve never actually seen a picture of Queen Elizabeth s wedding dress, which is weird We had two royal weddings in recent years, and when the time came to speculate about the gowns Kate and Meghan would wear, everyone always talked about Diana s in comparison which I always found weird because to me, that dress is hideous So why didn t anyone ever bring up the Queen s absolutely astonishing wedding gown as a possible inspiration It s a mystery Anyway, I want you all to look at it now.Amazing, isn t it Just like this book If it doesn t get at least nominated for Best Historical Fiction novel at this year s Goodreads Choice Awards, I ll buy a hat just so I can eat it Review cross posted to my blog A thousand thanks to Edelweiss for my review copy

  • Denise

    A thoroughly enjoyable read and one in which will keep you interested as well as intrigued Art can be brought to us in many forms whether it be through paintings, pottery, music and yes.embroidery, which is the basis of this narrative The Gown, a story of Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown and Royal Wedding, is brimming with the wonderful women of the Hartnell fashion house who sacrifice themselves with their due diligence in making this special day a fascination of talent with their intricate, A thoroughly enjoyable read and one in which will keep you interested as well as intrigued Art can be brought to us in many forms whether it be through paintings, pottery, music and yes.embroidery, which is the basis of this narrative The Gown, a story of Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown and Royal Wedding, is brimming with the wonderful women of the Hartnell fashion house who sacrifice themselves with their due diligence in making this special day a fascination of talent with their intricate, pain staking detail too fashion.Jennifer Robson weaves a marvelous story between the time period of 1947 London, to 2016 Toronto, with characters who are well developed and whom you ll grow to love with their resilience and dedication to those they are close to, too themselves and to the most anticipated gown of its time A story with a voice, family secrets and life itself will keep you turning the pages with anticipation.Thank you Goodreads for the gift of this ARC in order to read and review.Novels Latte Book ClubNovels N Latte Book Blog